Undergraduate Student Electives

We cannot arrange for any observerships, these must be arranged with the individual hospital – contact the Hospital’s Medical Affairs Office.

In psychiatry we need time to set up an elective as we need to check schedules of physicians in the area(s) of interest(s) you have listed. The more options (areas of interests) you provide the more physicians can be asked. There are 5 possible settings where your elective could take place.

Specific for uOttawa MS1 and MS2 electives, I need the following information.

  1. How many hours you need.
  2. Dates and times you can physically meet your preceptor at his/her site.
Adult Psychiatry

Acute General Inpatient Psychiatry

Objectives: To provide the student with the opportunity to participate in diagnostic interviewing and management of acutely ill suicidal and psychotic patients.

Description: The student will work closely with the junior resident on the team, both being under the immediate supervision of the service chief. An evidence-based approach is fundamental. With an average length of stay of 14 days, rapid resolution of symptoms is sought. The student will be encouraged to participate in interviewing patients and to participate actively in diagnostic formulations and treatment plans. In addition to learning about psychopharmacology and ECT, the student will learn some empathic listening skills in order to develop a therapeutic relationship.

Supervisor(s): Dr. Luc Bourgon, Dr. Veronica McCarthy, Dr. Lyndal Petit

Location: The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus

Duration: 1-4 Weeks

No. of Students: 1

Available to: 3rd and 4th Year Students

Adolescent Psychiatry in a Day Treatment Program in a Community Setting

Objectives: Experience working with an interdisciplinary team in a community high school setting, helping adolescents with major psychiatric disorders and school problems such as ADHD, depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder as well as school refusal and learning disorders.

Description: The student will work in an interdisciplinary team setting (multimodal treatment), and would be involved in rounds and team meetings, discussion and treatment plan formulations. Opportunity would be given for observation, interviewing and multimodal treatment involving the interdisciplinary team. Experience with a systemic, biopsychosocial treatment model involving the interdisciplinary team, families, community agencies and school. The student will learn more about treatment modalities in an adolescent population including supportive interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioural techniques, group and family therapy, pharmacotherapy and behavioural management. Opportunities exist for work in adolescent substance abuse treatment, as well as research.

Supervisor(s): Dr. R. Milin, K. McCallum (psychological associate)

Location: Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Duration: 1-4 Weeks

No. of Students: 1

Available to: 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Year Students (*Access to transportation required)

Affective Disorders

Objectives: To learn about the assessment and treatment of major affective disorders.

Description: The student will participate in interviewing and treating in-patients and out-patients with unipolar and bipolar affective disorders. This approach includes team arrangement, ward rounds and comprehensive case reviews. It is an opportunity to learn, in particular, more about psychotropic drugs helpful to these patients and psychotherapy applied. Opportunity for becoming familiar with the specifics of genetic counselling and long-term clinical course of affective disorders.

Supervisor(s): Dr. Bisserbe

Location: Royal Ottawa Hospital

Duration: 1-4 Weeks

No. of Students: 1

Available to: All Students

Anxiety, Biofeedback, Emotional Education

Program information unavailable at this time.

Assessment and Management of Eating Disorders

Objectives: The learning experience could include a number of different options depending on each trainee's interest and time available to spend in the Eating Disorders Program. Click on the "More Details" bracket below to view potential options.

More Details:

The trainee will be able to perform a comprehensive psychiatric assessment on eating disorders patients referred to the Center by their family physicians (usually four new consultations are assessed per week).

The trainee will be able to perform a comprehensive psychiatric assessment on eating disorders patients referred to the Based on the psychiatric assessment mentioned above, the trainee will be able to articulate a comprehensive formulation of the events which triggered the eating disorder and the biological and psychosocial factors which perpetuate this eating disorder. The trainee will pay attention to the differential diagnosis of possible underlying psychiatric disorders and/or personality disorders.

The trainee will be able to perform a comprehensive psychiatric assessment on eating disorders patients referred to the At the completion of the psychiatric assessment, the trainee will be able to recommend a referral to the appropriate treatment option available at the Center. The treatment options available at the Center include any or a combination of the following:

  • Referral to the Day Hospital Program for Eating Disorders
  • Symptom Interruption Hospitalization (6 beds unit are available for eating disorders patients)
  • Discuss Pharmacological management of Eating Disorders

The trainee will be able to perform a comprehensive psychiatric assessment on eating disorders patients referred to the Interested trainees could acquire sufficient skills to act under supervision as a co-therapist conducting group therapies for patients attending the Day Hospital Program for Eating Disorders. The program accommodates eight patients that require intensive treatment for their serious eating disorders. Psychological therapy is provided in group format and covers several themes relevant to eating disorders such as body image issues, family relations issues, relationships issues, assertiveness training, eating attitudes, and expression through art. Interested trainees could follow some eating disorders patients hospitalized in the Symptom Interruption Program, where their management includes nutritional rehabilitation and medical stabilization, group therapy and pharmacological treatment if appropriate.

Description: The trainee will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team in a hospital based Program for the treatment of eating disorders, that include: An outpatient consultation service; An Inpatient Symptom Interruption Program for Eating Disorders; A Day Hospital Program for Eating Disorders In addition to understanding the possible aetiologies and the pharmacological management of eating disorders, the interested trainee will develop valuable skills in conducting group therapies by acting as a group co-therapist.

Supervisor(s): Hany Bissada M.D., FRCP(c) Director, Regional Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus.

Location: The Regional Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry Ottawa Hospital, General Campus

Duration: 2-6 Weeks

No. of Students: 1

Available to: 3rd & 4th Year Students

Assessment of the Psychiatric Status and Early Stages of Clinical Addictions Elective

Objectives: To familiarize the medical student with continuum of care-addictions treatment, including assessment, acute care, rehabilitative treatment (In-patients, Out-patients), aftercare, specialized support services and dual diagnosis treatment. This elective can be tailored to the student's interest.

Description: A student can develop expertise in initial assessment of an intervention in addiction problems, management of acute withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs, and assessment of concomitant medical and psychiatric problems. The student may be involved with group and individual psychotherapy, as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team, in either an in-patient or out-patient setting, in supportive programs for post-treatment addiction, patients with specialized psychosocial or psychological problems, and regular aftercare following addition treatment. A student can also choose to participate in clinical research projects as they are available. Areas of interest are: biological markers for alcoholism, personality and alcoholism, nutritional factors in craving for alcohol, and outcome evaluation of treatment programs.

Supervisor(s): Dr. Melanie Willows; Dr. John Grymala; Dr. Ted Schnare

Location: Royal Ottawa Hospital

Duration: 1 Week

No. of Students: 1

Available to: 3rd & 4th Year Students

Community Rehabilitation Psychiatry

Objectives: To expose students to a multidisciplinary mental health treatment and rehabilitation service provided in the community to a population with psychiatric disabilities and multiple psychosocial challenges. To review with the student psychosocial rehabilitation principles and how the consumer movement has influenced the development of recovery principles in mental health services.

Description: The student will work with a multidisciplinary team and a psychiatrist entirely in the community. He/she will be exposed to a wide range of treatment interventions (both pharmacological and psychotherapeutic), functional assessments, rehabilitation interventions and advocacy work. He/she will have the opportunity to participate in skills teaching classes/groups offered to the clients. He/she will be expected to attend and participate in clinical team meetings. He/ she will have the opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of housing situations, community resources and tribunals related to the mental health act or legal system. Students may choose to devote the entire elective period to working with the community team or may divide their time between community-based and hospital-based teams.

Supervisor(s): Dr. Chantal Whelan

Location: Carlington Assertive Community Treatment Team, Carlington CHS, 900 Merivale Road. Ottawa K1Z 5Z8

Duration: 1-4 Weeks

No. of Students: 1

Available to: All Medical Students

Emergency Room Psychiatry

Objectives: The medical student will join a team including nursing, social work, residents from various disciplines, and psychiatric staff, in the assessment and management of patients referred to a specialized Emergency Psychiatry service.

Description: The student will be fully integrated into the Psychiatric Emergency service, initially observing patient assessments, but soon moving on to doing patient assessments. Over the four weeks the medical student will improve their interviewing skills, and advance their ability to integrate the information into practical treatment plans. Diagnostic skills will advance also, and there is ample opportunity for supervision by residents and by psychiatric staff. Understanding the Mental Health Act, management of suicidal patients, and Crisis Intervention are examples of areas emphasized in this rotation. There are opportunities to become involved with our Mobile Crisis Team, adding a community focused dimension to the experience.

Supervisor(s): Dr. C. Mann, Dr. P. Boyles

Location: The Ottawa Hospital (Civic and General campus)

Duration: 1-4 Weeks

No. of Students: 1

Available to: 2nd, 3rd & 4th Year Students

Management of Patients with Both Medical and Psychiatric Illness

Objectives: Assessment and treatment of neuropsychiatric conditions occurring in patients with medical illness; acquiring knowledge of the use of psychopharmacology in patients with medical illness; learning how patients cope with chronic medical illness; and learning psychotherapy approaches for patients experiencing problems coping with psychological aspects of grief and preparing for death.

Description: This rotation involves students becoming part of the psychiatric consultation-liaison team, which provides psychiatric expertise to physicians caring for medical or surgical patients at the Ottawa Hospital (General Campus). Students would be involved in consultations from the medical wards, along with a junior resident and senior psychiatry resident. Supervision occurs daily with a staff psychiatrist working on the consultation-liaison team.

Supervisor(s): Dr. D. Green, Dr. J. Gandhi and Dr. M. Kaluzienski

Location: The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus

Duration: 1-4 Weeks

No. of Students: 1

Available to: 3rd & 4th Year Students

ROH Dual Diagnosis Consultation Outreach Team

Objectives: Develop experience in identifying biopsychosocial factors contributing to mental illness in adults with developmental delays; develop staff in assisting and treating adults with a dual diagnosis; and understand the function of a community multi-disciplinary consultation team.

Description: The medical student will observe and participate in the diagnosis and management of adults with various levels of developmental delay and a mental illness. For students with a 1 week or 4 week elective, opportunities to observe psychological assessment, intervention and clinical research assessment will also be available with the team Psychologist, Dr. Farrell.

Supervisor(s): Dr. Donna C. Lougheed (may include Dr. Susan Farrell)

Location: 320 Catherine St., Suite 2000

Duration: 1 Day, 1 Week, 4 Weeks

No. of Students: 1

Available to: 3rd & 4th Year Students

Contact Information: Administrative Assistant (613) 722-6521 Ext 7141

ROH Psychiatric Outreach Team

Objectives: Develop experience in identifying factors contributing to homelessness in the mentally ill; understand models for care of severely and chronically mentally ill adults; and become familiar with presentation of mental illness in Ottawa Shelters and rooming houses.

Description: The medical student will accompany the Outreach Psychiatrist and other members of the team into community shelters to interview clients and support community staff in intervention and treatment planning. For students with a 1 week or 4 week elective, opportunities to observe psychological assessment, intervention and clinical research assessment will also be available with the team Psychologist, Dr. Farrell.

Supervisor(s): Dr. Donna C. Lougheed (may include Dr. Susan Farrell)

Location: Royal Ottawa Hospital Psychiatric Outreach Team 320 Catherine St., Suite 2000

Duration: 1 Day, 1 Week, 4 Weeks

No. of Students: 1

Available to: 3rd & 4th Year Students

Contact Information: Doris Moore (613) 722-6521 Ext 7128

Child Psychiatry

Abuse and Trauma Team

  • Title: Outpatient Psychiatry: Mood and Anxiety Team; Abuse and Trauma Team; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Adolescents
  • Objectives:
  1. To develop a basic understanding of common psychiatric disorders of childhood and adolescents, with the opportunity for exposure to mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD and disruptive behaviour disorders, autism spectrum disorders, PTSD and other sequelae of trauma, and parent-child relational problems.
  2. To observe and participate in assessments of children and youth.
  3. To observe and participate in follow-up treatment.
  4. During the school year, to observe dialectical behaviour therapy for adolescents and their families.
  5. To learn about the role of a psychiatrist on a multidisciplinary team.
  • Description: This is a rotation with exposure to many of the most common child and adolescent mental health and psychiatric problems with the focus primarily on mood and anxiety disorders. Due to the complexity of many of our patients, students will have the opportunity to learn about diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions. There is usually the opportunity to participate in new assessments as well as follow-ups and to learn about psychotherapy and psychopharmacology with young patients. Participation in DBT parent group is encouraged.
  • Supervisors: Dr. Marjorie Robb 
  • Location: Primarily 311 McArthur Avenue, Suite 200, CHEO Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. Free parking. 
  • Duration: As arranged.
  • No. of Students: One at a time.
  • Available for: Medical student’s years 1 – 4.
  • Contact Information: Georgiana Myers, Administrative Assistant: 613-738-6990 ext 239, or myers@cheo.on.ca.

Adolescent Inpatient Unit 

  • Title: CHEO Adolescent Inpatient Unit – Clinical Electives
  • Location: CHEO 6E (Inpatient Unit)
  • Description: Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Supervisor: Dr. Addo Boafo, Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Patient Population: Age: 13-17 years
  • Gender: M/F
  • Diagnoses: wide range of diagnoses
  • Duration: Up to 4 weeks. Best from September to June
  • No. of Students: One at a time
  • Teaching: As per program requirements
  • Contact Information: Franca Gaudio (admin. assistant) 613-727-7600 x.2703, aboafo@cheo.on.ca

Clinical lecturer

  • Title: Clinical lecturer
  • Location: CHEO, 6 East and 6N inpatient units
  • Description: Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Supervisor: Dr. Sinthuja Suntharalingam
  • Patient Population: Hospitalized youth (both M/F; up to 18 years of age) with acute psychiatric illnesses (management of Psychosis, Substance use disorders, Mood disorders, Anxiety disorders, Behavioural problems)
  • Clinical Focus: Management of acute psychiatric illnesses in youth.
  • Duration: No limitations
  • No. of Students: No limitations
  • Teaching: Mostly in the clinical setting in addition to discussion on topic of interest in one to one and/or small group teaching.
  • Contact Information: Franca Gaudio (admin. assistant) 613-727-7600 ext. 2703, ssuntharalingam@cheo.on.ca

Consultation Liaison Psychiatry

  • Title: Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
  • Objectives:
  1. To gain knowledge of various mental health disorders affecting children and adolescents with medical problems and/or intellectual disabilities.
  2. To participate with the psychiatrist with the psychiatric assessment and management of the patients admitted on the medical floor as well as out-patients.
  3. To develop skills in writing a progress note, a psychiatric consultation note and, in some cases, an assessment report
  • Description: The Behavioural Neurosciences and Consultation Liaison Team is an interdisciplinary team which provides mental health services for children and youth facing challenges related to physical health, neurodevelopment, illness or hospitalization. The mission of the team is to address the needs of children and youth where there is interplay between their medical condition/presentation and psychological well-being that is impairing their functioning, health care and quality of life. The BNCL Team takes a "One Team" approach to service provision, partnering with specialized medical services to promote comprehensive biopsychosocial care which optimizes the health and well-being of CHEO inpatients and outpatients. The BNCL Team is committed to providing consultation, liaison, and education to medical teams and health professionals within CHEO. Direct patient service provision ranges from interventions to promote healthy coping with physical illness and medical stressors, to more specialized mental health interventions for children including social-emotional and neuropsychological assessment, diagnosis, medication consultation, and time-limited individual, group and family treatment to address identified needs.
  • Supervisors: Dr. Sophia Hrycko, psychiatrist. Provides services in French and English, based on the needs of the families.
  • Location: CHEO 6th Floor-North
  • Duration: Flexible (Tuesday to Thursday during school year, Tuesday to Friday during the summer) The Behavioural Neurosciences and Consultation Liaison Team is an interdisciplinary team which provides mental health services for children and youth facing challenges related to physical health, neurodevelopment, illness or hospitalization. The mission of the team is to address the needs of children and youth where there is interplay between their medical condition/presentation and psychological well-being that is impairing their functioning, health care and quality of life. The BNCL Team takes a "One Team" approach to service provision, partnering with specialized medical services to promote comprehensive biopsychosocial care which optimizes the health and well-being of CHEO inpatients and outpatients. The BNCL Team is committed to providing consultation, liaison, and education to medical teams and health professionals within CHEO. Direct patient service provision ranges from interventions to promote healthy coping with physical illness and medical stressors, to more specialized mental health interventions for children including social-emotional and neuropsychological assessment, diagnosis, medication consultation, and time-limited individual, group and family treatment to address identified needs.
  • No. of Students: One at a time
  • Available for: All years more senior medical students will have more responsibilities, based on their goals for the elective and the skills they want to acquire. Bilingual students welcome.
  • Contact info: Kim Lacroix (Administrative assistant) 613-737-7600 ext. 3476 (klacroix@cheo.on.ca)

Consultation to a School-based Day Treatment Program

  • Title: Psychiatric Emergency Department and Consultation to a School-based Day Treatment Program
  • Objectives:

1. To gain knowledge of the various psychiatric/mental health disorders which lead to Emergency Department visits in children and adolescents or placement in a section 23 school. By the end of this elective, the student will be better able to identify mood disorders, anxiety disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, parent-child relational problems, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, psychosis, and adjustment disorders.

2. To learn about the functioning of a psychiatrist on a multidisciplinary team such that the student will know when it is appropriate to consult another discipline, and how to collaborate in the treatment and/or assessment of children with psychiatric disorders.

3. To practice conducting a psychiatric interview and learn to write a prescription and assessment report/consultation note.

  • Description: During this elective the student will be with Dr. Matheson in CHEO’s Emergency Department and consulting to the Steps to Success Day Treatment Program (school based at McHugh School). The Emergency Psychiatry service has a multidisciplinary team which includes psychiatry, crisis workers, and social work. There will be opportunities for psychiatric assessment, making diagnosis, and management planning that will likely involve collaboration with other health services. Children and youth up to age 18. The Steps to Success Day Treatment Program has a multidisciplinary team which includes psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, speech language therapy, teachers, child and youth workers, and social work. There will be opportunities for psychiatric assessment, observing children in the classroom, and management planning that will likely involve close collaboration. Dr. Matheson is the consultation for the kindergarten to grade 2 classrooms (children between the ages of 4-9).
  • Supervisor: Dr. Matheson consults the Emergency Department on Mondays, Tuesdays, and every second Friday. Dr. Matheson consults to Day Treatment on Thursdays and every second Friday.
  • Location: CHEO Emergency Department (401 Smyth Rd) and St. Luke’s School (Dwight Crescent, off St. Laurent)
  • Duration: flexible, to be arranged individually
  • No. of Students: 1 at a time
  • Available for: all (pre clerks and clerks)
  • Contact info: Kim Lacroix (Administrative assistant) 613-737-7600 ext. 3476 (klacroix@cheo.on.ca)

 

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Adolescents

  • Title: Outpatient Psychiatry: Mood and Anxiety Team; Abuse and Trauma Team; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Adolescents
  • Objectives:
  1. To develop a basic understanding of common psychiatric disorders of childhood and adolescents, with the opportunity for exposure to mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD and disruptive behaviour disorders, autism spectrum disorders, PTSD and other sequelae of trauma, and parent-child relational problems.
  2. To observe and participate in assessments of children and youth.
  3. To observe and participate in follow-up treatment.
  4. During the school year, to observe dialectical behaviour therapy for adolescents and their families.
  5. To learn about the role of a psychiatrist on a multidisciplinary team.
  • Description: This is a rotation with exposure to many of the most common child and adolescent mental health and psychiatric problems with the focus primarily on mood and anxiety disorders. Due to the complexity of many of our patients, students will have the opportunity to learn about diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions. There is usually the opportunity to participate in new assessments as well as follow-ups and to learn about psychotherapy and psychopharmacology with young patients. Participation in DBT parent group is encouraged.
  • Supervisors: Dr. Marjorie Robb
  • Location: Primarily 311 McArthur Avenue, Suite 200, CHEO Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. Free parking.
  • Duration: As arranged.
  • No. of Students: One at a time.
  • Available for: Medical student’s years 1 – 4.
  • Contact Information: Georgiana Myers, Administrative Assistant: 613-738-6990 ext 239, or myers@cheo.on.ca.

Mood and Anxiety 

  • Title: Mood and Anxiety Clinic, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, McArthur Site
  • Description of patient population: Overview of Clinic: The Mood and Anxiety Clinic sees children and youth referred by their physicians for mood and anxiety problems. A typical consultation will involve an assessment over a few visits, followed by follow-up if indicated.
  • Age: ages 0-18
  • Gender: primarily males for externalizing problems, and primarily females for internalizing problems.
  • Diagnoses: For a child/youth referred for emotional/behavioral difficulties, they may ultimately receive a wide range of possible diagnoses, including no diagnosis at all; mood/anxiety disorders; autistic spectrum disorders (ASD); ADHD; and lesser known (but common) conditions such as non-verbal learning disorder (NVLD) and regulatory-sensory processing disorders (R-SPD).
  • Clinical Focus: Consultation and ongoing short-term follow-up if indicated.
  • Research Focus: See below
  • Other Professional Interests or activities: Importance of healthy relationships and attachments for mental health, and how modern society tends to disconnect people from one another; mental health literacy initiatives such as www.eMentalHealth.ca website.
  • Supervisor: Dr. Michael Cheng
  • Location: Outpatient Psychiatry, at 311 McArthur
  • Duration: 1-2 weeks
  • No of Students: One at a time
  • Available for: 2014-2015
  • Contact Info: Fleurette Bérubé (admin. assistant) @ 613-738-6990 x 241

  • Title: Psychiatric Consultation to the Mood and Anxiety Outpatient Clinic Objectives:
  1. To gain knowledge of the various psychiatric/mental health disorders which lead to mood and/or anxiety symptoms in children and adolescents. By the end of this elective, the elective student will be better able to identify mood and anxiety disorders but may also see many of the comorbid disorders which present to the clinic such as autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, parent-child relational problems, post traumatic stress, and adjustment disorders.
  2. To learn about the functioning of a psychiatrist on a multidisciplinary team such that the student will know when it is appropriate to consult another discipline, and how to collaborate in the treatment and /or assessment of children with psychiatric disorders.
  3. To learn to write an appropriate progress note, prescription, +/- assessment report or consultation note
  • Description: During this elective the student will be with Dr Robertson in CHEO’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at 311 McArthur Avenue. The Mood and Anxiety clinic accepts referrals for school aged children (elementary and high school) who are presenting to their primary care physicians or to other CHEO services with mood and / or anxiety symptoms causing them to have difficulty functioning in their daily lives. Comorbidity is common in this population. The Mood and Anxiety Clinic has a multidisciplinary team which includes psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, and social work. Treatment modalities offered by the clinic include individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, and psychopharmacological therapy.
  • Supervisor: Dr. Robertson consults the Mood and Anxiety clinic on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Location:
  1. 311 McArthur Avenue, 2nd floor clinic
  2. Students have access to the staff room and kitchen (fridge, oven, and microwave) and are encouraged to bring their lunches with them as there is no cafeteria in the building. However, there are restaurants in the neighbourhood if needed.
  3. Parking is free of charge behind the building and around the arena which shares the parking lot. McArthur Avenue is on bus route #14.
  • Duration: flexible – to be arranged individually
  • Note: The outpatient clinic observes national stat holidays and CHEO slowdowns (a week in August and the Christmas holidays though Dr Robertson may at times work during these times).
  • No. of Students: 1 at a time
  • Available for: all (pre clerks and clerks)
  • Contact info: Please call Georgiana Myers (admin. assistant) 613-738-6990 x 239 leaving your e-mail address and preferred elective period.

  • Title: Outpatient Psychiatry: Mood and Anxiety Team; Abuse and Trauma Team; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Adolescents
  • Objectives:
  1. To develop a basic understanding of common psychiatric disorders of childhood and adolescents, with the opportunity for exposure to mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD and disruptive behaviour disorders, autism spectrum disorders, PTSD and other sequelae of trauma, and parent-child relational problems.
  2. To observe and participate in assessments of children and youth.
  3. To observe and participate in follow-up treatment.
  4. During the school year, to observe dialectical behaviour therapy for adolescents and their families.
  5. To learn about the role of a psychiatrist on a multidisciplinary team.
  • Description: This is a rotation with exposure to many of the most common child and adolescent mental health and psychiatric problems with the focus primarily on mood and anxiety disorders. Due to the complexity of many of our patients, students will have the opportunity to learn about diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions. There is usually the opportunity to participate in new assessments as well as follow-ups and to learn about psychotherapy and psychopharmacology with young patients. Participation in DBT parent group is encouraged.
  • Supervisors: Dr. Marjorie Robb
  • Location: Primarily 311 McArthur Avenue, Suite 200, CHEO Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. Free parking.
  • Duration: As arranged.
  • No. of Students: One at a time.
  • Available for: Medical student’s years 1 – 4.
  • Contact Information: Georgiana Myers, Administrative Assistant: 613-738-6990 ext 239, or myers@cheo.on.ca.

Psychiatric Emergency Department

  • Title: Urgent Consultation Clinic
  • Objectives
  1. To observe & participate in Outpatient Psychiatric assessments of troubled children and youth
  2. To observe & participate in urgent/crisis assessments of higher risk patients with their caregivers
  3. To observe short term management & follow-up of above patients.
  4. To learn to perform a mental status exam with confidence and to gain a basic understanding of the most common Axis 1 psychiatric disorders in children and youth.
  • Supervisors: Dr. Anton Baksh MD FRCPC, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Location: CHEO 6 East office
  • Duration: Two weeks
  • No. of Students: One at a time
  • Available for: Most of the time except when Clinical Clerks are doing their 1 week Child & Adolescent Psychiatry rotation with me.
  • Contact Info: Pina Stante (Administrative Assistant) 613-737-7600 ext. 2683 (stante@cheo.on.ca

  • Title: Psychiatric Emergency Department and Consultation to a School-based Day Treatment Program
  • Objectives:
  1. To gain knowledge of the various psychiatric/mental health disorders which lead to Emergency Department visits in children and adolescents or placement in a section 23 school. By the end of this elective, the student will be better able to identify mood disorders, anxiety disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, parent-child relational problems, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, psychosis, and adjustment disorders.
  2. To learn about the functioning of a psychiatrist on a multidisciplinary team such that the student will know when it is appropriate to consult another discipline, and how to collaborate in the treatment and/or assessment of children with psychiatric disorders.
  3. To practice conducting a psychiatric interview and learn to write a prescription and assessment report/consultation note.
  • Description: During this elective the student will be with Dr. Matheson in CHEO’s Emergency Department and consulting to the Steps to Success Day Treatment Program (school based at McHugh School). The Emergency Psychiatry service has a multidisciplinary team which includes psychiatry, crisis workers, and social work. There will be opportunities for psychiatric assessment, making diagnosis, and management planning that will likely involve collaboration with other health services. Children and youth up to age 18. The Steps to Success Day Treatment Program has a multidisciplinary team which includes psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, speech language therapy, teachers, child and youth workers, and social work. There will be opportunities for psychiatric assessment, observing children in the classroom, and management planning that will likely involve close collaboration. Dr. Matheson is the consultation for the kindergarten to grade 2 classrooms (children between the ages of 4-9).
  • Supervisor: Dr. Matheson consults the Emergency Department on Mondays, Tuesdays, and every second Friday. Dr. Matheson consults to Day Treatment on Thursdays and every second Friday.
  • Location: CHEO Emergency Department (401 Smyth Rd) and St. Luke’s School (Dwight Crescent, off St. Laurent)
  • Duration: flexible, to be arranged individually
  • No. of Students: 1 at a time
  • Available for: all (pre clerks and clerks)
  • Contact info: Kim Lacroix (Administrative assistant) 613-737-7600 ext. 3476 (klacroix@cheo.on.ca)
Forensic Psychiatry

Family Court Clinic

  • Objectives: To educate the student in regards to various legislations involving children, including the Children's Law Reform Act (CLRA), Child and Family Service Act (CFSA), and Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA); to educate and inform the student in regards to issues of child abuse, including neglect, incest, physical abuse, juvenile delinquency, etc.; to provide information in regards to sexual behaviours assessments and incest treatment; to teach the student how to do a proper legal report; and to teach the student issues involving court appearances and expert testimony. 
  • Description: The student would observe court assessments involving children performed by the psychiatrist and other members of the multi-disciplinary team. These would primarily include custody and access cases (Children's Law Reform Act), child welfare assessments (Child and Family Service Act), and young offenders (Youth Criminal Justice Act).
  • Supervisor(s): Dr. Gregory Motayne, Dr. Floyd Wood
  • Location: The Royal (Family Court Clinic)
  • Duration: 1-4 Weeks
  • No. of Students: 1
  • Available to: 4th Year Students

Forensic Psychiatry

  • Objectives: To introduce students to the problems of assessing and treating the mentally abnormal offender. 
  • Description: The Forensic Program assesses and treats the mentally abnormal offender on both an in-patient and out-patient basis. All ranges of both offence and psychiatric illness are seen within this program on referral by all levels of court, judges, Crown Attorneys, defence counsel, Federal and Provincial probation, etc. Treatment is offered following assessment where appropriate and reports are prepared for courts and lawyers upon request. The student would be exposed to the assessment and treatment processes, including how to take a proper forensic history and, in addition, would be able to attend at court and detention centres with the supervising psychiatrist. A very basic session would be given in the preparation of reports.
  • Supervisor(s): Dr. various
  • Location: Forensic Program, The Royal
  • No. of Students: 1 student only (CORE students take priority)
  • Available to: 3rd and 4th Year Students

Forensic Psychiatry-Brockville

  • Objectives: To familiarize the medical students with Forensic Psychiatric Practice including assessment, acute care, rehabilitative treatment of individuals with severe mental disorders (including personality disorders) who have come in conflict with law. This elective can be tailored to the student's interest.
  • MCSCS security clearance is required for this elective.
  • Description: This elective is best suited for a student who is interested acquiring skills in the assessment and treatment of individuals with major mental disorders who have come in conflict with law. It will provide the student the opportunity to develop skills in the court ordered assessment (fitness, criminal responsibility, capacity, etc) and treatment of acute and chronic mental disorder (with or with co-morbid axis II psychopathology). Students will also be provided the opportunity to acquire basic skills in risk assessment (clinical and actuarial) and familiarization with the provincial and federal mental health legislations.
  • The student would be exposed to the assessment and treatment processes, including how to take a proper forensic history and, in addition, would be able to attend at court and detention centres with the supervising psychiatrist. A very basic session would be given in the preparation of reports. A student can also choose to participate in clinical research projects, as they are available. Areas of interest include risk assessment, dysfunctional anger, criminal responsibility and psychopathy, mental disorder and violent behavior. 
  • Supervisor(s): Dr. AG Ahmed; Dr. Gulati, Dr. Cameron
  • Location: Brockville Mental Health Centre, Brockville, Ontario
  • Duration: 1-4 Weeks
  • No. of Students: 1 (a vehicle is an asset for this elective)
  • Available to: 3rd & 4th Year Students

Sexual Behaviours Clinic

  • Objectives: To provide an introduction into state of the art assessment and treatment of criminal and non-criminal paraphilic sexual disorders.
  • Description: The SBC at the Royal Ottawa Hospital is primarily an out-patient clinic that conducts approximately 250 new assessments per year on men and women with problematic sexual behaviors and interests. Referrals come from family doctors, medical specialists, probation and parole, Crown and Defense attorneys, the Courts, and increasingly, via self-referral. In addition to individual psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, the SBC also runs several groups for sex offenders; men with problematic sexual behaviors with and without and intellectual disability; and for spouses of sex offenders. Assessment and therapy is available in French or English languages. The SBC regularly hosts international experts in Forensic psychiatry who come to the clinic to learn the latest techniques and to share their experiences.
  • Students may expect to participate in a multidisciplinary team providing evidence-based, research driven diagnosis and management of out-patients with a variety of sexual problems. Those students with an interest in research, neuropsychiatry, intellectual disability, and/or forensic psychiatry are especially encouraged to apply. Those who are able to converse with patients in the English and/or French languages are equally welcome. Due to the high profile nature of many of the patients seen in the SBC, students may also expect to learn about the criminal justice system and ways of dealing with the media. Work on the assessment and treat of so-called "dangerous" and "long-term" offenders can also be arranged. 
  • Supervisor(s): Dr. P. Fedoroff, Dr. D. Bourget (Bilingual and French speaking only)
  • Location: Forensic Program, The Royal
  • Duration: 1-4 Weeks
  • No. of Students: 1
  • Available to: 3rd & 4th Year Students
Geriatric Psychiatry

Geriatric Day Hospital Psychiatry

Objectives: To diagnose and treat common psychiatric disorders afflicting the elderly in a Day Hospital setting. 
Description: The student will be assigned to the Geriatric Psychiatry Day Hospital Service at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. There will be exposure to the diagnosis and treatment of the common psychiatric disorders of old age, namely depression and dementia. The elective will provide experience in working with a multidisciplinary team in a Day Hospital setting. Consultations involving inpatients, outpatients and residents of nursing homes and boarding homes will be done with the supervising physician. There will be exposure to research methodology in ongoing studies in the Geriatric Psychiatry Services.
Supervisor(s): Dr. C. Shea
Location: Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
Duration: 1-4 Weeks
No. of Students: 1
Available to: All Students

Geriatric Psychiatry

Objectives: To diagnose and to treat psychiatric disorders in the elderly; to work with a multidisciplinary team; and to improve interview skills. 
Description: The student will follow the psychiatrist in all her daily activities. There will be exposure to patients being treated in the Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Unit, Day Hospital and Outpatient Clinic. Homes, boarding homes and nursing home visits are made regularly. Exposure to administrative work and research may also be available. Student's supervision can be done in any of the two official languages. Supervision occurs daily with a staff psychiatrist working on the consultation-liaison team.
Supervisor(s): Dr. M. Tremblay, Dr. T. Lau, Dr. V. Lodha, Dr. S. Halliday, Dr. S. Levine
Location: Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
Duration: 1-4 Weeks
No. of Students: 1
Available to: All Medical Students

Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry

Objectives: To learn to recognize and treat affective disorders in the elderly, work within a multidisciplinary in-patient team, and improve interviewing skills. 
Description: Under the supervision of the staff psychiatrist, the student will interview patients admitted under his/her care and follow them throughout their inpatient admission, participating actively in treatment decisions, contacts with family and liaison with outside agencies as appropriate. Outpatient follow-up after discharge may also be arranged if time allows. The student will be encouraged to observe members of the multidisciplinary team in their interactions/evaluations of the patient and his/her support system.
Supervisor(s): Dr. Tremblay, Dr. Levine, Dr. Lau, Dr. Lodha
Location: Geriatric Psychiatry Services, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
Duration: 1-4 Weeks
No. of Students: 1
Available to: 3rd & 4th Year Students

Outpatient and Nursing Home Geriatric Psychiatry

Objectives: To diagnose and to treat psychiatric disorders in the elderly, with a strong focus on Behavioural Problems in Dementia; to work with a multidisciplinary team; an to improve interview skills. 
Description: The student will follow a Geriatric Psychiatrist in all his daily activities. Two and a half days a week will be devoted to exposure to patients being treated in the Geriatric Psychiatry Day Hospital, Out-Patient Clinic, and the Electroconvulsive Therapy Service. Another two and a half days will be exposure to patients, mainly suffering from Dementia, in Nursing Homes. Student's supervision can be done in either of the two official languages, however, a good understanding of French would be an asset for the Day Hospital component. Other than the Day Hospital component, most of the patients and their caregivers primarily speak English.
Supervisor(s): Dr. A. Wiens
Location: Royal Ottawa Hospital and other locations in Ottawa, Arnprior and Pembroke
Duration: 1-4 Weeks
No. of Students: 1
Available to: 3rd & 4th Year Students

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